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And the winner of the 2010 Ibrahim Prize is… nobody

According to the Washington Post, the Ibrahim Prize for African leadership has declined for the second year in a row to award the $5 million prize. The last winner of the Ibrahim Prize– awarded annually to a former African Head of State or government who has demonstrated excellence in leadership– was former President of Botswana Festus Mogae.

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Biden in Kenya

Earlier today Vice President Joe Biden met with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Nairobi. This marks the second leg of the Vice President’s 7 day trip to Africa, with his final stop set for South Africa and the World Cup opening ceremonies.

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Togo votes today

In what the Associated Press calls a test in democracy in the country, polls opened in Togo today.
AP has the details:
The son of Togo’s longruling dictator battled six opposition candidates during polls Thursday in the second election being held since the dictator’s death.
Faure Gnassingbe, who has vastly outspent the other candidates and has wallpapered the [...]

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DR Congo President fires thousands accused of corruption

BBC reports along with other news outlets that the Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila has fired or forcibly retired almost 3,000 government employees as part of what Budget Minister Michel Lokolo calls a larger fight against corruption.

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Sub-Saharan Africa still faces corruption

On Tuesday, Transparency International (TI) released their 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), revealing that many sub-Saharan African countries remain among the most corrupt world-wide.
The annually-released index ranks how corrupt governments are perceived to be, according to international institutions such as the World Economic Forum, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

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No clear winner

On Monday, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced that they would not award their $5 million prize for excellence in African leadership this year. The Foundation, created by Sudanese telecommunications mogul Mo Ibrahim, has awarded the prize for the past two years to encourage responsible, democratic leadership across Africa.

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